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The Double Crossing: The Story Of The St. Louis

The ship St. Louis left Nazi Germany on May 13, 1939 with over 900 Jewish refugees bound for freedom in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government reneged on its promise and refused them entry into the country. Although 734 of the refugees held quota numbers for eventual admission inot the United States at some future date, the effects of the Great Depression, isolationism, and antisemitism all contributed to an anti-immigrant mood, and permission to enter here was refused. The ship returned to Europe where the refugees were accepted by Great Britain, France, Belgium and Netherlands. Archival footage, plus numerous interviews with survivors of the St. Louis voyage, document this experience and sensitizes us to the plight of all refugees, wherever they may be. (Adult). Color & B/W. (29 min)

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